Overnight: Millennium Broadway New York Times Square
NO COAT NEEDED.
These are three little words that every New Yorker dreams of hearing when it comes to walking from dinner to a show in the middle of winter. If you're staying at the Millennium Broadway New York Times Square you don't have to worry about bundling up because the Hudson Theatre is connected to the property. The fact that the hotel also owns this newly renovated theater is a big plus, especially when powerhouse actors like Uma Thurman and Josh Lucas are calling this stage home (for the next few weeks anyway). Together, they star in The Parisian Woman, a play about a socialite (Thurman) living in Washington, D.C. who must come to terms with politics, her past, her marriage, and an uncertain future.
I was able to test out their Stay & Play Package, which is perfect for the theatergoer who also wants to grab a drink and a bite to eat before the show. An early check-in meant there was time for a quick workout at their gym (open 24 hours). And what a space! It's located on the 16th floor and includes all the essential cardio equipment (treadmills, elliptical, bikes), towels, water, plus a weight room. There were even two separate bathrooms, a shower area, and a locker room to freshen up at when you were done. Once showered and back up in my room, I was pleasantly surprised to find a cozy bathrobe and slippers in the closet. Yes, please.
The Stay & Play package also includes dinner at the hotel's restaurant, Bugis Street Brasserie (think Pan Asian cuisine and traditional Singaporean dishes). I indulged in the well-loved Singapore Laksa (a kind of spicy curry noodle soup stuffed with shrimp and seafood). Other highlights included the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Sauteed Prawns with Wasabi Mayonaisse, and Char-Grilled Satay Chicken. Make sure you get to the theater early because this package includes pre-show drinks at the Hudson Theatre's Ambassador Lounge. The newly renovated theatre is over 100 years old and the first thing you notice is the magnificent (and original) Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass ceiling. You can even take a tour of the theatre to learn more about where Helen Hayes, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jane Fonda have taken their bows.
Watching Uma Thurman perform up close was pretty awesome, so was seeing other cast members Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, duh), Marton Csokas (Lord of the Rings), Blair Brown (Orange is the New Black), and Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, Amelie). The play itself (written by House of Cards showrunner, Beau Willimon) was interesting as it's set in present day Washington D.C. There were plenty of obvious references to Trump (though he was never named) and some of the parts I felt were overacted, but it was refreshing to see such an interpersonal play come alive without the glitz and glamour of an overly adorned set. It was a bit awkward to witness a Broadway play make such a bold statement about our current political administration but it was equally as intriguing to hear the audience's reaction. Warning: There is no intermission so make sure to use the bathroom beforehand!
The best part? Walking out of the theater and being cozied up in my bed watching Scandal by 9 p.m. I will admit that I took advantage of having room service and ordered myself a late night snack (ahem, french fries). Let me tell you, those fries were honestly some of the crispiest and tastiest I've ever had. 🍟 I enjoyed a nightcap (aka, the little bottle of champagne that General Manager Benedict Ng had left for me on the desk - thank you!), while overlooking bustling Times Square from my 47th floor window. I was sound asleep by 10 p.m. and was never once interrupted by a siren from down below. Now, that's saying something!
Overall, I have to say this is one of the nicest and most spacious hotels in Times Square. It's also extremely affordable - a standard room will only cost you $161/night - plus, you're in the heart of all the Broadway action. If you'd rather have a boutique experience, make sure to check out the hotel's sister property, The Premier Times Square by Millennium. This 124-room, residential-style hotel (only seven rooms per floor) is also connected to the Hudson Theatre and caters to the leisure and business traveler. The look of these rooms is definitely more modern and perks include a large sitting area (complete with L couch), clean bathrooms (hello luxurious tub), and amazing views (hello down there!). Guests receive exclusive access to their Premier Lounge, which means free continental breakfast and evening cocktail service (weeknights only). What's not to like?
Whether you're a tourist or a tourist in your own city (hey, everyone needs a little R&R, right?), the Millennium New York Times Square is the perfect place to getaway while still being in the heart of the city. The staff is super friendly, the rooms are quiet, and most of all, actually big enough to enjoy. Their Stay & Play Package (2-night stay starts at $519) is available now through March 11th and they also run specials year round so make sure to check them out.
MILLENNIUM NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE
145 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036